- Maryland is a seven-point favorite to win at Temple on Saturday (Sep. 14th)
- The Owls beat the Terps 35-14 last year at Maryland
- But the 2019 Terps are 2-0, including whipping #21 Syracuse 63-20 last week
What a difference a year makes for the Maryland Terrapins.
A year ago, they awaited the Temple Owls at home, sitting 2-0, including an impressive victory over the #9 Texas Longhorns.
Temple burst Maryland’s bubble 35-14, and the season went spiraling downward for the Terrapins.
In October, head coach DJ Durkin ws fired, the fallout from the investigation of the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair during spring practice. Maryland finished the season 5-7, and 3-6 in the Big Ten.
This season, there’s a new and improved culture surrounding the Terrapins. Maryland is again 2-0. The Terps opened with a 79-0 thrashing of Howard. Then they obliterated #21 Syracuse 63-20, the same Orangemen who gave national champion Clemson a stiff test a year ago.
As they head to Temple for a rematch with the Owls, it’s the Terrapins who now occupy #21 in the rankings and who are listed as seven-point favorites in the Maryland vs Temple odds.
Maryland Terrapins vs Temple Owls Odds
|Maryland||-260||-7 (-107)||Over 67.5 (-110)|
|Temple||+215||+7 (-113)||Under 67.5 (-110)|
Odds taken 09/13/19.
One prominent sportsbook reported that 77% of the bets and 74% of handle is being wagered on the Terrapins.
Oh My Maryland
Everywhere you look, it’s coming up aces for the Terrapins. Against Syracuse, they rambled for 652 total yards of offense. That’s the same Syracuse team that lost 27-23 last season to Clemson.
Talk about explosive. Javon Leake rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on a mere seven carries. Anthony McFarland ran for 74 yards on only 14 carries. Through two games, quarterback Josh Jackson has passed for 541 yards and seven TDs.
It’s the first time since 2013 that the Terps have been a ranked team. And #21 is the school’s highest ranking since 2006.
Temple Of Doom?
Will the Owls be hooting again when they’re done with the Terrapins? Maryland holds a 7-2 edge in the all-time series but Temple (1-0) has won two of the last three games.
The Owls opened the season by drubbing FCS school Bucknell 56-12. They collected 32 first downs and 695 yards in total offense. Quarterback Anthony Russo passed for 409 yards and four TDs.
One concern for Temple will be maintaining possession of the football. The Owls were last in the All American Conference last season, throwing 19 interceptions. They also finished 112th out of 129 FBS schools with 25 turnovers.
Bet The Over
One thing’s for certain in this game – the scoreboard is going to get a workout.
Maryland leads the nation in scoring offense, averaging 71 points per game. The Terps are fourth in the nation in total offense (636 yards per game). Temple (695 ypg) is rated #2.
Yards per game through 2 weeks of CFB:
1 Oklahoma – 709.5
2 Temple – 695.0
3 Utah St – 656.5
4 Maryland – 636.5
5 UCF – 634.0
6 Arizona – 629.5
7 Wash St – 606.0
8 Oklahoma St – 567.5
T9 Texas Tech – 557.5
T9 Alabama – 557.5
11 Kansas St – 547.0
12 Wake Forest – 546.0
— CFB Home (@CFBHome) September 10, 2019
The Owls have scored or surrendered at least 56 points in each of their last three games. The Terrapins coughed up 330 yards of passing offense to the Orangemen in the win over Syracuse. That could play right into Russo’s wheelhouse.
The total has gone over in four of Maryland’s last five games and in eight of the Terrapins’ last ten Week 3 games. The total has gone over in four of Temple’s last six games.
Maryland vs Temple Trends
The Terrapins are just 2-4 against the spread in their last six games against the Owls. But they’re 5-1 ATS in their last six September games.
Temple is 2-15 straight up the last 15 times when facing a team from the Big Ten. On the other hand, the Owls are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games.
Don’t look for history to repeat itself. Maryland’s speed game will be too much for the Owls to slow down.
Take the Terrapins to win and cover in a high-scoring game.
Picks: Maryland -7 (-107); Over 67.5 (-110)
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